It’s Sunday afternoon, Jan. 22, 1956, and Bethel AME pastor Rev. Jonathan Dames and members Frances Connecticut Stout, Anna Page Stout, Ethel Kuykendall and Vivian Marbury are deep in conversation about their brothers and sisters in Montgomery, Alabama, discussing everything from Emmet Till’s murder the previous year to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. They talk about their responsibility and accountability to help brothers and sisters of other black communities while struggling at home with the effects of the current and present threat of the Klu Klux Klan and the possible parole of former Grand Dragon D.C. Stephenson.
In this short theater presentation, listen in on the conversation about one of the nation’s pivotal points in civil rights history that united black communities in grief, solidarity and anger. Learn about how Bethel AME Church played a critical role in Indianapolis’ black community, serving as a place to worship as well as a community center and safe haven during difficult and dangerous times.
From its founding in 1836 to its continuing impact today, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church has long held and maintained its position as an influential and boundary-breaking institution located in Indianapolis. After being burned in the 19th century and consistently harassed throughout its history, Bethel has exhibited resilience and a commitment to the African-American Community and its well-being.
$15; $10 member or with student ID
In partnership with Bethel AME and IUPUI Africana and Religious Studies departments
Supported by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. – Alpha Mu Omega Chapter
Supported by the Robin and Charlitta Winston Family Fund for African American History